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Premier League matchday 30 – Predictions, betting tips and team news

By March 8, 2019Weekly Preview
Premier League preview 30

There’s plenty of great football to look forward to this weekend, with the highlight taking place on Sunday evening when Man Utd take on Arsenal in London.

Here’s what we’ve got to look forward to:

Southampton vs Tottenham

Sat 09/03 at 15.00

To kick things off this weekend, Southampton host Tottenham at the St Mary’s Stadium.

Sitting just two points above the relegation zone, Southampton are in need of some points. Their manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl will be pleased with how his team performed against Man Utd last weekend and they were unfortunate not to get any points.

Man Utd managed to sneak a late win with two minutes to go but Southampton showed great courage throughout the game.

Meanwhile, Tottenham continued their poor form in the Premier League last weekend, only managing a draw against Arsenal in the London derby. In all fairness, Arsenal should have won and they only had themselves to blame.

Tottenham showed little inspiration with the ball and their chances of a winning the league are now well and truly gone. However, they showed some better form in their Champions League tie during the week, easily beating Borussia Dortmund.

With Man Utd closing the gap to just three points to Pochettino’s side, the pressure is now on Tottenham to stay third in the league.

I’m going for a draw.

Man City vs Watford

Sat 09/03 at 17.30

Man City host Watford at the Etihad in the late kick off on Saturday.

With Guardiola’s side regaining the top spot for the first time since December, his team have been here before and they know what it takes to win.

With their win over Bournemouth last weekend, Man City lead the table by just one point over Liverpool.

However, with injuries to Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones, Man City may be without some of their key players as the serious end of the season kicks into another gear. In more positive news, Benjamin Mendy and Aymeric Laporte could be set to return this weekend.

Sitting in 8th place, Watford are fighting against the likes of Wolves and West Ham for the ‘best of the rest’ title.

After beating Leicester with a last minute goal, Watford head into this one with lots to play for. Boosted by a fully fit squad, Watford may prove tough opponents for Man City.

However, I’m still going for an easy home win for Man City.

Liverpool vs Burnley

Sun 10/03 at 12.00

Liverpool will be looking forward to a somewhat easier game after suffering a number of draws in their last few league games.

Having conceded the top spot to Man City, the pressure is now on Klopp’s men to keep the results coming. Liverpool could start this match four points behind Man City as they play the day earlier.

However, manager Jurgen Klopp is happy with where his side are at. He said, “Who wants to be top of the table at the beginning of March?”

Whilst there’s some truth behind what Klopp says, I would rather be in Guardiola’s position.

Meanwhile, Burnley are struggling at the other end of the table with their second loss in a row to relegation rivals Crystal Palace last weekend.

Sitting 5 points ahead of Cardiff City, Burnley need to pick up as many points as possible to keep themselves safe from the relegation zone.

In terms of team news, Liverpool may welcome back Dejan Lovren after a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Meanwhile, James Milner is a doubt after suffering a small muscle injury.

I’m going for an away win for Liverpool.

Arsenal vs Man Utd

Sun 10/03 at 16.30

The big one of the weekend, Arsenal host Man Utd at the Emirates on Sunday evening.

With Man Utd sitting just one point ahead of Arsenal heading in to this one, there’s a lot to play for. Both teams will be looking to secure Champions League football for next season.

Arsenal were unfortunate not to get a win against Tottenham last weekend. However, you could argue that Unai Emery’s side were rather wasteful with their chances.

Meanwhile Man Utd continued their renewed form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and beat Southampton with a last gasp effort. Their midweek win over PSG was also something else. There’s no doubting there’s some serious belief in the current Man Utd team.

In terms of team news, Arsenal are suffering with a few long term injuries including Danny Welbeck, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin. Lucas Torreira will also miss this one due to suspension.

At the other end, Man Utd may welcome back Matic, Herrera and Pogba into the starting lineup.

I’m going for a draw.

What are your predictions for this weekend’s football? Let me know by leaving a comment below right now.

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